Coping with grief and loss
Grief is a completely natural way to respond to the death of a loved one. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve and it feels different for everyone.
If you are grieving for the loss of a loved one to dementia and need help to process your feelings, you are very welcome to call our helpline where we can provide a listening ear. However, sometimes you may need the help of a specialist bereavement service.
Please see below for details of bereavement services available to you in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The White Lily Centre have a compassionate team of bereavement counsellors led by Margaret Francis, who has over 10 years of experience of working with bereaved families and specialist training in Complicated Grief and Traumatic Loss.
They offer in person Grief Journey bereavement support groups, and one to one counselling that can be accessed via telephone, online or face to face.
If you feel you might benefit from bereavement counselling please do call 023 8044 0961 and speak to Margaret about how they can help. Alternatively, you can find out more about their services here
Butterflies Bereavement Support is a local charity that provides professional bereavement counselling and local bereavement drop-in groups to support adults who are dealing with grief and loss.
They also have a telephone buddy service to support people who are lonely or isolated.
Support is available for people aged 18 or over who live in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.
For more information visit their website here or call them on 023 8155 0066.
Mountbatten‘s bereavement services are open to anyone who has experienced a death, no matter when or how the death occurred.
The charity has a team of expert counsellors and psychologists who are able to support anyone, including those who have had no previous experience of Mountbatten’s services.
The clinical psychologists and counsellors offer both individual and group sessions, supported by bereavement volunteers who are trained and supervised by these specialists.
If you need support, you can refer yourself to Mountbatten’s Psychology and Bereavement Service by phoning them or speak with your GP who can make a referral on your behalf.
Mountbatten Isle of Wight – 01983 529511
Mountbatten Hampshire – 02382 548840
Winchester Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation offering support to bereaved adults in Winchester and the surrounding area.
Support is given either through home visits or over the telephone by carefully selected volunteers who have been trained by qualified counsellors.
Call them on 07450 649679.
Help in Bereavement volunteer service offers a supportive and totally confidential visiting service for bereaved people.
They provide a free volunteer visiting service covering Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant for as long as it is needed.
As well as emotional support, they can offer practical help and form filling.
Phone 07432 602 613 or complete the contact form on their website here.
The Bereavement Counselling Charity are a local charity that provides support across the following areas: Denmead, East Hampshire, Emsworth, Havant, Hayling Island, North Portsmouth and Waterlooville.
Qualified counsellors undergo bereavement training and adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines.
Call: 07827 491902 or complete the online self referral form here.
Cruse Bereavement Support is a national charity that offers a bereavement helpline which is available Monday and Friday 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.30am-8pm.
Volunteers are trained in all types of bereavement and can help you make sense of how you’re feeling right now.
You can call them for free on 0808 808 1677.
Most local Hospices also have a bereavement service for patients and their families.
Contact your local hospice to see what support is available.
Winchester Hospice – 01962 825344
Rowans Hospice – 02392 250001
Oakhaven Hospice – 01590 670346
St Michael’s Hospice – 01256 844744
The Countess Of Brecknock Hospice – 01264 835288